Senior year is all about finishing up and anticipation of getting on with it! Calling the shots! Well that part doesn’t have to wait until you are on your way to the college dorms. It starts with how you present yourself.
Your senior portraits are the start of saying who you are! Find a portrait photographer who can catch you enthusiasm for life! As an action sport photographer, I love shooting kids in motion!
Taking into account sport seasons, we get started as soon as possible to catch some great images of each sport. Future posts will show this athlete’s water polo action shots, action portraits and finally his senior portrait session.
In several weeks I will shoot him playing his passion (and my shooting passion as well)! Water Polo!
Consider shooting more than just the same old Senior Portraits! Insist your photographer shoot your passion! Because after all it is All About You!
As an action sports photographer I love shooting TriEvents’ Triathlons at Bonelli Park in San Dimas California! The enthusiasm is contagious..I am nurturing my passion of shooting while these athlete’s live their passion by competing!
Tri-Events is 30 years old! The oldest triathlon in the country! The setting is beautiful. The lake is back dropped by the spring snow topped foothills. The only problem is that there is only one me and too many shooting opportunities!
So What is a Triathlon?
Three races rolled into one event! The Championship Race athlete’s swim 500m, bike 23.3k and finish up with a 5k run. Not sure your up for the Championship Race? Then the Express race is perfect for you starting with a 300m swim, 12k bike race completed with a 5k run. Both races are at the same time with staggered starts. Interested in competing? The next race is May 12th and June 10th. Find out more by visiting the Trievents website. http://www.trievents.com
Of course if you want more information about the races check out Trievents’ Facebook page (Like them while your there to get all the up to date race information!)
Clients also love their images in a variety of color treatments. From the final image I utilized Lightroom (my own special formula to create the Sepia Tone) Nik’s Color Efex and Silver Efex Pro to create the Black and White image.
Which image do you prefer?
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Yesterday’s Portrait Project 365 image of Lauren listening to her coach is a beautiful portrait of this athlete. But there is a lot more than just shooting a well exposed, realistic image to getting a great portrait that clients can’t wait to display in their home.
I shot several images of Lauren (mostly hoping that she would look over towards me) but she is an intense athlete that can not be distracted from listening to her coach. Take a look at the top image. It is a “raw*” image unprocessed directly out of the camera. Sort of flat but an ok image. The image below is the final processed image with a little extra work done in Lightroom and Photoshop to remove the distracting athlete behind her. Nik software ColorEfex was used to soften the tonal quality of her face. I like using it on portraits to create a glistening dew like complexion.
The Technical stuff made easy to understand:
* Many cameras (available on consumer/pro cameras) allow you to choose the format that the image saved as. Although many people use JPGs I choose to mainly shoot raw. JPGS is a convention of saving certain data (throwing away the data that is not in it’s logarithms) to create a pleasing image from averages (average exposure, white balance etc.) Shooting “raw” allows the camera to save all the data collected by the sensor. The image is not viewable/printable without being “processed.” There are many applications to process raw data images. I discovered Adobe’s Lightroom several years ago. It is an affordable application (approx. $200). It is really easy to learn to use and there are lots of online free tutorials available. The glory is that although you should strive to nail the exposure and control the white balance (enabling control of reliable color representation) you can adjust the exposure by several exposures up or down and adjust the white balance.
Did you realize there was so much work to prepare the images?
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High School Varsity Water Polo Player Lauren M intently listens to coaches instructions. Portrait Project 365
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